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madam Explained

madam at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


madam at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

1297, from O.Fr. ma dame, lit. "my lady," from L. mea domina (cf. madonna). Meaning "female owner or manager of a brothel" is first attested 1871. ///

madam at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

n [Date: 1200-1300; Language: Old French; Origin: ma dame 'my lady']//
1 formal used to address a woman in a polite way, especially a customer in a shop: American Equivalent: ma'am// --Are you being served, Madam?//
2 Dear Madam: formal used at the beginning of a business letter to a woman, when you do not know her name//
3 Madam President/Ambassador etc: used to address a woman who has an important official position//
4 [C] a woman who is in charge of a brothel:
5 a (proper) little madam: BrE informal a young girl who is very confident and who expects other people to do everything she wants//

madam at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

43 Moby Thesaurus words for "madam":
Frau, Fraulein, Miss, Mistress, Mlle, Mme, Mmes, abbess, bawd,
chatelaine, dame, dona, donna, dowager, fancy man, first lady,
gigolo, goodwife, governess, great lady, homemaker, housewife,
lady, madame, mademoiselle, maquereau, matriarch, matron,
mem-sahib, mesdames, mistress, mother superior, pander, panderer,
pimp, procurer, procuress, senhora, senhorita, signora, signorina,
vrouw, white slaver

madam at English => English (English Thesaurus) Of Explained:

[N] (Woman): woman, female, womanhood, womankind, fair sex, dame, madam, madame, mistress, lady.

madam at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

1 [sing.] (formal) used when speaking or writing to a woman in a formal or business situation:
Can I help you, madam? * Dear Madam (= used like Dear Sir in a letter)
see also MA'AM
2 [C] (informal disapproving, especially BrE) a girl or young woman who expects other people to do what she wants:
She's a proper little madam.
3 [C] a woman who is in charge of the prostitutes in a BROTHEL

Madam at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Madam \Mad"am\, n.; pl. {Madams}, or {Mesdames}. [See {Madame}.]
A gentlewoman; -- an appellation or courteous form of address
given to a lady, especially an elderly or a married lady; --
much used in the address, at the beginning of a letter, to a
woman. The corresponding word in addressing a man is Sir.

madam at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

n 1: a woman of refinement; "a chauffeur opened the door of the
limousine for the grand lady" [syn: {dame}, {ma'am}, {lady},
2: a woman who runs a house of prostitution [syn: {brothel

madam at English (WD) Of Explained:



From Inter: etyl » fro madame, from ma ‘my’ + dame ‘lady’, from post-classical Latin mea domina.


* Inter: IPA » /ˈmæd.əm/


Inter: wikipedi » a
Inter: en-noun » pl2=mesdames
  • A polite form of address for a woman or lady.
    1. : ''Mrs Grey wondered if the outfit she was trying on made her look fat. The sales assistant just said, “It suits you, madam”.
    2. : ''Later, Mrs Grey was sitting in her favourite tea shop. “Would madam like the usual cream cakes and patisserie with her tea?” the waitress asked.
    3. The mistress of a household.
    4. Inter: colloquia » l A conceited or quarrelsome girl.
    5. : ''Selina kept pushing and shoving during musical chairs. The nursery school teacher said she was a bad-tempered little madam.
    6. Inter: slan » g A woman who runs a brothel.
    7. : After she grew too old to work as a prostitute, she became a madam.


      * dame

  • woman
  • lady
  • matron
  • mistress


    Inter: trans-top » polite term of address to a woman
  • Arabic: Inter: t- » ar|سيدة|f|tr=sayyída, Inter: t- » ar|سيدتي|f|tr=sayyidáti Inter: qualifier » my lady, Inter: t- » ar|أستاذة|f|tr=ʾustāḏa
  • Armenian: Inter: t- » hy|տիկին|tr=tikin
  • Basque: Inter: t+ » eu|andere
  • Belarusian: Inter: t- » be|спадарыня|f|tr=spadárynja, Inter: t- » be|пані|f|tr=páni
  • Burmese: Inter: t+ » my|ဒေါ်|tr=daw|sc=Mymr
  • Cherokee: Inter: t- » chr|ᎠᎨᏴ|tr=ageyv|sc=Cher
  • Chinese:
  • : Mandarin: Inter: t- » cmn|太太|tr=tàitai|sc=Hani
  • Czech: Inter: t+ » cs|paní|f
  • Esperanto: Inter: t+ » eo|sinjorino|alt=Sinjorino
  • Estonian: Inter: t- » et|proua
  • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|rouva
  • French: Inter: t+ » fr|madame|f
  • German: Inter: t+ » de|Frau|f
  • Hindi: Inter: t- » hi|महोदया|f|tr=mahōdayā|sc=Deva, Inter: t- » hi|साहिबा|f|tr=sāhibā|sc=Deva, Inter: t- » hi|श्रीमती|f|tr=śrīmatī|sc=Deva, Inter: t- » hi|मैडम|f|tr=maiḍam|sc=Deva

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Hungarian: Inter: t+ » hu|asszonyom, Inter: t- » hu|hölgyem
    • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|signora|f
    • Japanese: Inter: t- » ja|奥様|tr=おくさま, okusama
    • Norwegian: Inter: t+ » no|frue|c
    • Persian: Inter: t+ » fa|خانم|tr=khânom, Inter: t+ » fa|مادام|tr=mâdâm|sc=fa-Arab
    • Polish: Inter: t+ » pl|pani|f
    • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|madame|f, Inter: t- » pt|madama|f
    • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|госпожа|f|tr=gospožá, Inter: t+ » ru|мадам|f|tr=madám Inter: qualifier » indeclinable, Inter: t+ » ru|сударыня|f|tr=sudárynja Inter: qualifier » obsolete, Inter: t+ » ru|барыня|f|tr=bárynja Inter: qualifier » obsolete, Inter: t+ » ru|дама|f|tr=dáma
    • Slovak: Inter: t- » sk|pani|f
    • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|señora|f
    • Swedish: Inter: t- » sv|min fru|c
    • Turkish: Inter: t+ » tr|hanımefendi
    • Ukrainian: Inter: t- » uk|пані|f|tr=páni
    • Zulu: Inter: t- » zu|inkosikazi|c9|c10, Inter: t- » zu|unkosikazi|c1a|c2a, Inter: t+ » zu|uma|c1a|c2a

    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » mistress of a household
    • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|madame|f, Inter: t- » pt|madama|f

    Inter: trans-mi » d
    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » conceited girl
    Inter: trans-mi » d
    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » woman who manages a brothel
    • German: Inter: t+ » de|Puffmutter|f
    • Norwegian: Inter: t- » no|bordellmamma|m, Inter: t- » no|horemamma|m
    • Polish: burdelmama {{f}}

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|cafetina|f
  • Turkish: Inter: t+ » tr|mama

  • Inter: trans-botto » m

    Related terms

    * madame
    • ma dame
    • ma'am

      See also

      * pimp


      * damma

    Category: Category:English nouns with irregular plurals -
    Category: Category:English palindromes -



    From Inter: etyl » fr|tr Inter: term » madame|lang=fr.


    Inter: tr-noun » ı|lar
  • madam


    Inter: tr-noun-c » a|d|pred=-|poss=+

  • Category: Category:Turkish palindromes -
    Translation: ar » madam
    Category: zh-min-nan:madam -
    Translation: et » madam
    Translation: el » madam
    Translation: eo » madam
    Translation: fr » madam
    Translation: ko » madam
    Translation: io » madam
    Translation: id » madam
    Translation: it » madam
    Translation: kn » madam
    Translation: kk » madam
    Translation: ku » madam
    Translation: li » madam
    Translation: hu » madam
    Translation: mg » madam
    Translation: my » madam
    Translation: fj » madam
    Translation: nl » madam
    Translation: ja » madam
    Translation: pl » madam
    Translation: ru » madam
    Category: simple:madam -
    Translation: fi » madam
    Translation: sv » madam
    Translation: ta » madam
    Translation: te » madam
    Translation: tr » madam
    Translation: vi » madam
    Translation: zh » madam

    madám at English (WD) Of Explained:



    From the Inter: etyl » fr|hu Inter: term » madame||madam|lang=fr, from Inter: etyl » fro|hu ma dame ("my lady").


    *Inter: IPA » /ˈmɒdaːm/|lang=hu
  • Inter: hyphenation » ma|dám


    Inter: hu-noun » ok

  • Inter: archaic » lang=hu French governess
    1. Inter: archaic » lang=hu a woman who runs of brothel, a madam.
    2. Inter: colloquial » lang=hu midwife

    Category: Category:hu:Occupations -
    Translation: hu » madám